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Lifeway Mobility Featured on HouseSmarts via WGN Radio Chicago 720

Lifeway Mobility was proudly featured on HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini via WGN Radio Chicago 720! HouseSmarts is a well-known home improvement and lifestyle show that provides homeowners with tips on home renovation and repairs.   Lou and his team were interested in speaking to an expert about aging-in-place and making homes more accessible, and selected Lifeway Mobility as the guest to interview.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

5 Ways Sleep Improves Senior Health

Maintaining your physical and mental well-being is essential for every age group, but taking active steps to improve our health becomes even more imperative as we get older. Sleep is one of the foundations for a healthy mind and body, yet certain physical and mental obstacles may prevent someone from getting a night of peaceful shuteye. When we don’t rest well, this can impact our lives in a variety of ways. For this reason, prioritizing a good night’s rest is critical. 

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Posted 9/21/2021

Tax Deductions for Accessible Home Modifications

Whether you have recently become disabled or have been living with a disability your whole life, you have likely needed to make modifications to your home to support an independent lifestyle. Home modifications can make parts of your home more accessible.

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by Gamburd   | 

Healthy Eating During the Coronavirus Scare

We all want to have healthy, lean bodies, filled with energy, strength and stamina. The seniors in our lives are no different! We hear about the Coronavirus looming in the darkness. As we see diabetes, heart disease and cancer on the rise, it would behoove us to explore practical tips on healthy eating. Here are some ways we can keep our bodies at their best no matter what age we are presently enjoying.

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Posted 3/12/2020

Making the Transition to Independent Living on College Campus

In a study on parents of children with a disability, it was found that 55% of the parents were not sure their disabled child would always have a place to stay. Further, 62% stated their adult child with disabilities had strong independent living skills and abilities to to care of themselves.

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Posted 2/19/2020

Differences Between Accessible, Usable, and Universal Design

Products can mean anything from information technology to physical items like chairs, cars or anything else that can be purchased and used by consumers. Product designers are constantly creating new products that will sold by a business to its customers. They answer questions that determine who the customer is, how will they use the product, what technology is needed, benefits and features, price point and promotion.

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Posted 2/10/2020

Coping With Depression and Disability

The World Health Organization reports over a billion people have some form of disability. This can be due to aging, as well as an increase in chronic health conditions. Disabilities can take many forms but are overall described as having difficulty completing tasks that others can do without difficulty.

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Posted 2/2/2020

5 Action Steps to Feel Better Today

We’ve all experienced plateaus in life when things got flat and lost their sizzle. Maybe the winter blues brought it on, or sudden bad news reached our ears and hurt our heart. Whatever may have triggered a sense of unhappiness, know there are some very practical steps we can take today to get our mojo back! What can we do to feel better and healthier?

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Posted 1/29/2020

4 Tips to a Healthier Version of You

Now that the holidays are over, many households have tossed the sweet treats and are trying to get back into shape. Gym attendance is at an all-time high (at least until March) and people are seeking to accomplish their health goals for the new year. There are so many options out there, it can seem overwhelming when all we want to do is get healthier! Here are 4 tips to get you on track to a healthier version of you!

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Posted 1/22/2020

7 Questions to Ask Before Hospital Discharge

It is our purpose to help people simplify their lives with accessibility solutions. Many times, individuals who need us don’t know where to start and yet, they are about to be processed for hospital discharge or leave a physical rehab center. Whether patients are calling for guidance themselves or a family member is reaching out, here are seven helpful tips one should address before hospital discharge.

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Posted 1/14/2020

Aging Gracefully in Place

Studies show that 90% of older adults say they wish to stay in their homes as they age. If you are one of them, it’s time to make a plan for aging gracefully in place!

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Posted 11/4/2019

Fire Safety for People With Physical Challenges

In a society where many enter and exit their homes through their garages into their vehicles, years could pass before one ever meets their neighbor! In the name of convenience, we avoid conversations with the family next door because we’re too busy or just not sure we want to engage at all. What has happened to us? Have we forgotten how to connect with one another? Does it take an emergency situation like a fire, flood or earthquake for us to snap out of our bubble and take a look at who is living next door?

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Posted 10/30/2019

Food Delivery Services Let You Eat Gourmet Meals Without Leaving Home

If you have limited mobility, cooking meals from scratch at home can be too tiring, difficult, or even dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have delicious, nutritious meals at home. Dozens of food delivery services are available to take away the burden of shopping for ingredients, choosing a menu, and even food prep, from grocery delivery services that let you shop from home and do all your own cooking to a chef that comes to your home, cooks, and cleans up.

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by John Burfield  | 

Face Your Fears

There’s an old tale about two villages in the jungle that traded goods with one another. The tigers that lived in those jungles started charging the villagers. They would sneak up on the person who was traveling from one location to the other and strike from behind. Sadly, hundreds of people had lost their lives because of these tiger attacks. One day the assigned trader arrived at the second village ready to do business, but he was wearing a mask on his head backwards! The people were curious as to why he would wear this mask with the face on the backside of his head. The merchant explained that if the tiger thought he was facing him; the tiger would not attack. If his back was toward the tiger the merchant was viewed as prey and would suffer as hundreds of other villagers already did. To this day, when the people of these villages travel to another village, they wear masks with the face displayed on the back of their heads and have stayed safe because of it. How often in life has it felt like a villain crept up on us and we were completely unaware? Or perhaps we sensed something was about to change in our sphere and instead of looking at our options, we turned our back in fear and choose to look the other way? When we yield to the force of fears, we are giving it power over our lives. So why not address some of those concerns and seek solutions instead? Here are some common fears people experience today. Fears of Falling The fear of falling does not go unfounded. All it takes is one slip on the steps and the mere jolt to the body will strike at our self-confidence. Losing balance and taking a spill can send even the strongest person in a downward spiral. It’s not uncommon to then become a fearful person over even the smallest endeavors in the future. There are some precautions that people can take. For example, it may not have been difficult navigating two or three steps into the front door for the past 30 years, but now those steps are a challenge! Handrails can be a very effective and inexpensive solution to remedy future accidents getting into the house. If a family member feels wobbly inside the home, going from room to room handrails along the walls of dining areas, family rooms or even bedrooms can bring peace of mind. If navigating a longer staircase is a daunting challenge, stair lifts may be less pricey than you think! Contact us for an obligation-free quote. Since the bathroom is the most dangerous place in the house, fear of falling in the shower is a common concern! Non-slip coating can be an easy fix to a slippery shower scenario. Our technicians clean the tub or shower and then apply this no slip grip to any shower, bath or other flooring needed in your home. Combine this measure of safety with grab bars and your bathroom is no longer the most dangerous room in the house! Fears of Losing Independence We have some clients who may be in the throes of MS, ALS or some other progressive disease and in an effort to enjoy a sense of independence, they have chosen to install an overhead lift. With this multi room overhead lift system, the user has regained or maintained their independence. This lift enables the user via remote control to go from bed to chair to toilet to shower and in fact can zoom throughout their entire home if they so desire! Because we have licensed contractors and an in-house construction team, we are also able to remodel any room in the house. One of our clients wanted their kitchen redone so their wheelchair bound daughter could learn how to cook! Here we were able to design the kitchen so she could roll up to the stove touch a button and it would bring the stove top down to her level. When she was done cooking, she could hit the same button and it would raise the stove back to its original height. Even the dishwasher was no longer a heavy door opening but now was a drawer that she could access easily as well! Fears of Being Invisible It has been said, that when we approach a certain age, we can feel like no one notices us anymore. There are a few ways to remedy that situation and stay clear of those fears. Decide to get active or stay active in the community. There are plenty of organizations that have weekly activities such as bus trips to wine tasting events, theatrical productions, casinos, baseball games and other sporting events. They have ongoing classes and opportunities to learn how to Zumba, dance or use a smartphone, Facebook, and other social media to stay connected with kids and grand kids who may be far away. There are opportunities all around us, but we must make the effort to help connect our seniors to those programs. Sometimes folks just don’t know what’s available to them. If we are aware and compassionate enough to invite them, it could be a life-changing event for the senior and their entire family! So in the long run, there is no fear that can overcome us unless we allow it to do so. There are solutions for us but sometimes we need to put on a mask of courage just to get us to the right spot where options are available to us. Once we get ourselves in an atmosphere with others who are seeking social connection and independence, we realize we’re not invisible at all! We have a community of people who care, we were just unaware.

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Posted 7/17/2019

Celebrate Your Independence!

Chances are we have all been in a situation at some point in our lives when we were physically disabled or put out of commission for a season. Perhaps it was a broken arm in grade school, a fractured leg from skiing, or a surgical procedure that made us feel like we were dependent on others and kept us in the hospital without access to the usual pleasures of our own home.

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Posted 6/25/2019

Top Ten Mother’s Day Gifts

People all over the world are searching for the top ten Mother’s Day gift ideas. They are wondering what to get Mom and how fast can Amazon deliver? For those who did not plan, here are some ideas: 1 – Book a Day at the Spa Moms work hard caring for their families and it’s never easy. Allowing her the pleasure of pulling away from the stress to enjoy a massage and rejuvenate is a spectacular idea! 2 – Give the Gift of Pampering A mani-pedi or a facial is a wonderful treat for Mom to feel good and come out looking prettier than ever! 3 – Lotions and Potions What’s her favorite scent? If she’s a citrus lover, maybe a nice orange bergamot hand crème would do the trick. If she prefers flowers, then lilac, gardenia, or honeysuckle body butter could make her day! 4 – The Gift of Time Watches have made a comeback, but the real offering here is what time can do for Mom on Mother’s Day. Time with her children as they celebrate her does wonders for her heart. Know that time is a gift we can never get back and choosing to give mom your time and attention will always be the perfect choice. Time alone so Mom can read, nap, or soak in the tub uninterrupted would also be medicine for her soul. 5 – Candles Light up her life with candles in her favorite colors. Select aromas that give her a sense of calm. Be the light in your community and make her proud! 6 – Words For Mother’s Day, select books or audios that will brighten and encourage her to continue to be the woman she was destined to be all along. Sometimes life can make one weary, so why not fuel her heart with strength and inspiration? 7 – Music Concert ticket are always nice, but if it’s too late or just not in the budget why not treat her to a home cooked meal (or her favorite takeout) and have candlelight and music fill the house. Maybe the musicians she admires are from an era you know nothing about. Letting her revel in the tunes from her day could spark some entertaining stories she has kept in her memory all these years. 8 – Flowers Fresh flowers are lovely, but what about planting Mom’s favorites in her yard for her so she can enjoy them for months to come? If not the yard, then potted plants on her patio or balcony will also deliver joy! 9 – Memory Maker Sometimes life can feel like a whirlwind and if Mom’s memory is not so great, make the time to share special moments that she created for you throughout your life. Tell her how those times made you feel. Explain the emotions attached to the perfume she used to wear or how your childhood was impacted by her cooking, her advice or her hugs. 10 – Maid for a Day I have never met a Mom who wouldn’t want someone to clean her house! Having the chance to skip housework for once would be an absolute treat! Let her go have fun and take care of the chores so she can come home to a sparkly house. Nothing says, “Mom we love you”, more than taking the load off of her when she least expects it!

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Posted 5/10/2019

Anxiety vs Longevity

Centenarians—we know they exist, we may personally have met one in our own lifetime, but what is it that gives them the drive to thrive for 100 years or more?

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Posted 3/28/2019

Six Steps to Take After a Stroke

We’ve met many stroke patients throughout the years; perhaps you have too. Or maybe you have come through the scary experience yourself! Even though there are different types of strokes with equally haunting names, the stroke does not discriminate in the people it chooses. Patients of all ages and ethnicity have endured this experience and have come out on the other side with a new name: “Stroke Survivor.” Having met with many survivors, we discovered that many say the same things about their journey. Hopefully these six steps will help you or someone you love as well.

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Posted 1/17/2019

When Life’s Not Fair

Jerry had spent most of his adult life as a firefighter, rescuing people, pets, and property. He loved what he did, and he was good at it! He found fulfillment in helping people in crisis—but he never expected to become one of those people.

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Posted 10/9/2018

Ages and Stages of Life

Seventy-five years ago, it was very common for families in America to house several generations under one roof. It was typical for Dad to be the breadwinner, Mom to be the homemaker, and the children to be surrounded by an aunt, grandparent, or even great-grandparent.

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Posted 4/18/2018

8 Tips to Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

At some point, due to age or disability, you or a loved one may be faced with the prospect of having to use a wheelchair to assist in your primary mobility at home. Whether it be a temporary fixture to your home or something that will be more permanent, there are a number of simple modifications that can help improve accessibility and make life easier. If you are like most people, you live in a home that was not designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Below are some simple ideas on how to make sure that you will be able to stay in your home despite the necessity of a wheelchair.

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by Chris Frombach  | 

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